3 Tips to Avoid Poor Design Choices in New Home Construction

Planning any venue—a wedding reception, work party, or even your own living room—means making difficult design choices. While fussing over napkin colors hardly seems important, the actual aesthetic appeal of an area largely contributes to the area’s functionality. The most important design choices we make, however, won’t be for a party. They’ll be for our own homes. Unfortunately, many Houston homeowners pore over options for cabinets and flooring and lighting alike and then often regret their decisions a few years later. So, how does one make accurate design decisions during new home construction? The team at Century Construction want to introduce these practical (and fun) tips to avoid falling into post-design regret.

Appoint a design team

In the initial stages of new home construction, you’ll be working closely with your contractor to draft a blueprint. The contractor has expertise in this area and will lead out in the drafting process. However, the process of interior design will rest largely on the shoulders of the new homeowner. While the contractor will assist in providing resources and direction, he may not be completely familiar with your style. The solution? Pick a pro design team. Hand select 3-5 people who know you well. Pick people that will be able to honestly say, “Those cabinets are nice, but they’re not you.” Picking elements in harmony with your personal style is the best way to avoid falling into design regret. Meet with your team regularly throughout the design process. Let them share Pinterest boards with you. Give them a sense of ownership in the project and they’ll help you pick excellent pieces. Most people will be flattered with the invitation and take it seriously.

Fall in love with expos and magazines

Good news: Houston is a big place. It has no shortage of expos, workshops, and conferences to educate and inspire people building new homes. Although these large events can sometimes be a financial trap, they often provide a wealth of options in the design process. Take pictures of everything you like. Talk to people. Ask them what their design decisions are. Find companies with styles that match what you’re looking for. Take these ideas and formulate a plan to incorporate them into your new home. Whether you decide to purchase from these expos or not, the value they create can be immeasurable. Likewise, it wouldn’t hurt to sign up for one or two interior design magazines to keep the ideas coming monthly.

Prototype anything and everything

Another excellent way to avoid tacky or unpleasing features is to test, test, test. Paint swatches of your favorite colors on the walls before you commit to a bad shade of seafoam green. Order samples of carpet and place them in different lights. Blow up pictures of cabinets and visualize them in your kitchen. Many design mistakes can be avoided by prototyping. Unsure how to prototype a certain design element you’re considering? Ask your contractor or interior designer for ideas.

Don’t rush the process

The whole point of new home construction is to design something you love. It’s okay to slow down the process, make educated decisions, and hold off on decisions you’re unsure about. If you need another week to choose between pendant or chandelier lighting, great! This process is strenuous. Because of that, many homeowners fall victim to hasty design decisions. Take your time and enjoy the process. It’s worth it!

If you’re considering new home construction, contact Century Construction in Houston. Not only are we respected as a reliable and trustworthy company, but we are intimately familiar with the design process. Our team will help you make well-thought-out design decisions that you’ll love for years to come.

Tile Trends 2019

home remodel houston, kitchen remodel houston, bathroom remodel houstonAn affordable alternative to hardwood and natural stone, tile is a great option to update the overall look of your home. Easy of cleaning, durability, and lower investment costs continue to keep it at the forefront of the design world. With so many different options, Century Construction has some tips on what is trending in 2019:

Tile In Unexpected Places

One of the hottest kitchen trends in 2019 is having minimal or no upper cabinets. Embrace the extra wall space that used to be covered by cabinets and extend the backsplash up the entire wall, from countertop to ceiling. This highlights a single area of the kitchen, creates a focal point, and helps a large patterned tile be the star of your space.

Beyond kitchens and bathrooms, tiles can be used in any room: feature walls, chimney breasts, hallway floors, as headboards in bedrooms.  

Textured Surfaces

Raised or embossed patterns elevate a sophisticated neutral look with just a bit of texture and interest without overwhelming the senses. 3D tiles have become popular with their futuristic and architectural shape when creating an eye-catching feature. Geometric and angular tiles add a sense of movement and dimension via tactile variations.

Wood Effects

For the look of hardwood but the durability of tile, faux wood tiles are ideal for high traffic areas like kitchens and living spaces. The scratch and water resistant look and feel of real wood is fantastic with underfloor heating in bedrooms and baths.

Technological advances mean some exciting new developments. Digital printing has improved immensely for hyper-realistic finishes. Faux tiles are no longer one-dimensional replicas, instead, the image is deeply embedded in the surface which even gives it a realistic and convincing texture. Ceramic and porcelain tiles that have mimicked wood for a few years can now replicate stone, granite or concrete. These are often cheaper, lighter, easier to install and often easier to maintain than the real thing!  

Large Format Tile

This year, much larger format tiles are getting even thinner– making them easier to work with and install. Large-scale tiles are perfect when you want to create real impact, especially in an open floor plan. There are fewer grout lines which mean space will feel calmer and more open and will give any room a more luxurious look.

Loads Of Stars And Shapes

Large-scale star patterns are really popular at the moment – it’s a classic pattern that marries both contemporary and traditional designs. I’ve seen a rise of star prints in tiles, especially on Instagram. Bold stars, tiles that makeup star prints when laid or tiny dotted stars.

Handmade, ‘artisan’  tiles are perfect for 1) restoring period properties or 2) adding character and interest to more contemporary homes. Look for organic shape inspired by the natural world. Hexagon, or honeycomb, tiles have inspired even more unusual shapes. Scalloped fish-scale tiles, leaf shapes, and teardrops, triangular and circular tiles, even star shapes will add another layer of interest to tiled surfaces.

A Softer Take On Subway Tiles

Though color will certainly be trending this year, so will a more neutral palette. If you prefer a more traditional, farmhouse interior trend, you can’t go wrong with muted cream and ivory subway tiles.  You can also expect matte finishes to compete with glossy this year. Mix textures in subtle colors like classic Travertine tiles on the floor.

Home Remodeling Contractors In Houston

As you daydream about new designs, engage a partner to make the dreams come true. The professionals at Century Construction Services are certified, insured, professionally trained, and highly experienced. Every client relationship centers on design and construction that improves the look and the value of the property. Century Construction Services is based in Magnolia and serves the greater Houston area. 

3 Signs That You Need A Home Remodel

home remodel houston, house remodel houstonWhether you are a long-time homeowner or just recently purchased an older home in the neighborhood, your home is going to be your safe haven. Your home is where you unwind from a long day, plan your future, spend time with your loved ones and make beautiful memories. But how do you know if it is time to update your home? There are a few key indicators that it might be a good time to plan a remodel that will either provide extra needed space or upgrade some elements that are outdated and need to be replaced. If you are thinking of remodeling your Houston home, you might consider calling a professional remodeling company that can guide you in the right direction.

Here are a few key elements that might mean it’s time for a remodel:

  • Outdated, Old Or Damaged Floors: You will know that it is time to replace your floors when the wood or tile seems to be detaching. Tiles and wood can crack after a long time of ware and take away from the value and comfort of your home. It’s not the end of the world, but it’s a great indicator that an upgrade is a good idea.
  • A Leaky Roof:  If you are constantly having to patch or repair your roof, it is time to replace it. In the long run, you will save a lot of money on maintenance by simply replacing the old existing one. Not only is the leaky roof taking time and money from you, but it can also cause serious water and mold damage that can become incredibly expensive to repair.
  • Too Little Or Too Much Space: Whether you are planning to grow your family, or downsize your home because your kids have grown and moved out, a home remodel is a great way to make your space fit your needs. Maybe you want to pull down the walls of a bedroom to make your kitchen bigger for entertaining purposes, or the unfinished basement is ready to be turned into a luxury bar room. For whatever the reason, professional contractors can help you design and create the perfect space for you.

With these thoughts in mind, think about the condition of your home and your current needs. Is your home costing you money because of costly repairs? Is the space big enough for your family or too big for you? If you notice uneven floors, a leak or leaks in your roof, and get the feeling of overcrowdedness or loneliness, these are clear signs that it is time to renovate your home. When you decide that it is time for a home remodel, call the professional team at Century Construction Services in Houston. Century Construction is experienced and skilled in all kinds of remodeling projects and can guide you in the right direction, giving you options and making sure to work within your budget. Your home is your investment. Keep the value up by taking care of the necessary repair work, but also make sure you find comfort in your space. If remodeling will help you find that comfort, give Century Construction a call! 

Four Reasons Why Building A New Home Is A Smart Choice

now home construction houston, new home restoration houstonIf you are in the market for a home, don’t underestimate the value of choosing to build your own. There are a lot of benefits to building a new home instead of buying. Century Construction Services in Houston has been helping homeowners build their dream homes for years and understand why building a new home can be so much better for you than buying a less personal living space. Here are some great reasons to build a brand new home for your family instead of buying one. 

ABILITY TO PERSONALIZE

This is the main reason why most people choose to build a home instead of buying one. The fact that you can personalize your home to meet all your desires and preferences is a pretty great incentive. When you choose to work with us at Century Construction Services, we work alongside you to make sure that you get the home that you want. We won’t try to talk you out of your ideas, and we will always strive to emphasize what you want so that you are 150% satisfied with the end results.  

IMPROVED QUALITY OF CONSTRUCTION

It is no secret that a newly constructed home will be made with better materials and constructed in improved ways. This is a huge benefit that comes along with building your own home. This improved construction will save you significant amounts of time and money in the long run since you will need to spend less effort and money on repairs. This also just allows you to feel better about your home. It is frustrating and tiring to always be concerned about finding a new problem every time you turn the corner. Building a new home eliminates much of this uncertainty.

BETTER FLOOR PLANS

New homes almost always feature open floor plans that allow families to design their home around their life, not the other way around. Instead of navigating life in a series of cramped bedrooms and never-used spaces, the modern floor plans found in new homes conform to how we live, frequently including multi-generational living spaces, spacious and open kitchens

LESS UNEXPECTED PROBLEMS

When you buy a new home, there is always the element of fear that there will be problems that you were unaware of at the time you bought it. When building a new home, however, you will be able to see the home throughout the entire construction process and know ahead of time that there won’t be any unexpected and unwanted surprises. This will bring you peace of mind.

MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT

Along with saving money on maintenance costs, new homes also reduce your utility bills by reducing the energy needed to effectively heat and cool your home. In fact, a new home is typically up to 30 percent more energy efficient than are homes built just five years ago. Even though the building may be more expensive than buying at first, this is one way that you gradually make your money back if you choose to build a new home.

If you are in the Houston area and considering buying a new home, come talk to us at Century Construction Services about the option of building and personalizing a home just for you and your family!

Choosing A Contractor For Winter Remodeling

home remodel houston, home remodeling houstonNationally, spring and summer are popular seasons for remodeling, but they might not be the best times to work on your project. In Houston, the winter reprieve from non-stop air conditioning might prompt you to get the doors and windows open for a remodeling project.

Ideally, you’ll work with a contractor on your remodel before the busy season is in full effect which will allow ample time and resources to complete your project. The weather has an effect, as well. For example, installing new windows in 100-degree heat is probably a bad idea. So is pouring concrete in hurricane season. However, with some early planning and a little flexibility, you might be able to get your project in motion well before the main rush, allowing you to finish a little earlier and allowing your contractor to work more efficiently.

When to Remodel: Season By Season

The best time to remodel is, of course, going to change depending on the project you are planning. In most cases, it is a good idea to have your project take place at least two months before or after your contractor gets busy. Have your heating unit replaced in mid to late summer; have your A/C replaced in the winter. As window replacements are often summer projects, try to book in early spring. You’ll want the new deck ready for spring so why not contact a deck designer in the winter?

Another advantage of planning work in the last quarter is cutting through the red tape a little faster. In winter, your local government offices are a little less busy so it may take you less time to get all the permits you need. Scheduling an inspector can be a little easier, which means you can move from phase to phase in shorter periods of time.

Get Recommendations First

According to ConsumerAffairs.com, the first step in finding the right home improvement contractor is to create a list of 10-15 local contractors who have the right expertise. You’ll gradually narrow down this list to the top contenders and ultimately use it to select your contractor, so it’s best to include more names than you’ll need at this point.

Successful contractors will make it easy for you to get in touch with them and see examples of their work. Be cautious of home improvement contractors who lack: basic information, a website, social media presence, and independent reviews.

Choose a contractor who specializes in the type of remodel you need then check the portfolio of their projects from at least the last year. At least ten projects will represent the work. It should include: before photos, during the remodel and after project completion, blueprints, sketches or other plans.  

Check References

Any reputable contractor will expect you to ask for a list of references.  A typical reference list will include multiple jobs with the name, address and telephone number of each customer. As you talk with each contractor’s references, eliminate any contractors that get bad or ambivalent reviews. Then decide which of the remaining references to visit in person to see the work; choose people who seem open and forthcoming, whose projects are similar to yours and, ideally, who live close to you.

Go With Your Gut

Local area contractors who have been in business for a long time are usually reliable and safe bets for projects. If they didn’t do good work in your community, they wouldn’t still be around. But meet the team in person. A contractor could be in your home and around your family for days, weeks, or even months so if you don’t like a contractor for any reason, don’t hire him or her.  

Home Remodeling Contractors In Houston

The best time to start your project is when you are ready and have found the best contractor for your project. The professionals at Century Construction Services are certified, insured, professionally trained, and highly experienced. Every client relationship centers on design and construction that improves the look and the value of the property.

Choosing A Home Remodeling Team In Houston

home remodeling houston, house remodeling houston, professional remodeling houstonWhen it is time to make some major changes in your home, installing cabinets, removing a wall or fixing a loose tile the bathroom is simple. The struggle to find a remodeler that fits your budget, timeline and temperament can be more difficult. Even with the best contractor, renovations can reveal unpleasant surprises like rotten subfloors or ancient, tangled electrical wires. Finding a contractor to share your vision for a successful home renovation project. Here are tips to help you find one who will get the job done right.

Know What You Want BEFORE You Get Estimates.

Start with a plan and some ideas, don’t start by talking to contractors.

Start collecting your ideas in one place. Do you have helpful documents like the original blueprints from your home or any prior renovations? Clip magazine pages or get on Pinterest and create a collection of images. Notice the restaurants, hotels, or stores that have the vibe’ you are trying to achieve. Use this information to observe how all the candidates incorporate your input into their bids.

Ask For Referrals

Word of mouth is always the best way to find a qualified professional. Ask friends, relatives, and co-workers for references. People in your neighborhood who have done similar projects are excellent sources. Ask any friends and acquaintances in the building trades. Employees of local hardware stores see contractors day in and day out: tap their knowledge

Look At Credentials

With several suggestions now, do some preliminary research. Visit the contractor’s website or call by phone. Confirm all the required licenses from state and local municipalities or any designations from all appropriate professional associations. Look for contractors who have invested in additional coursework and earned rigorous certifications.  Confirm that the prospects maintain a permanent mailing address, e-mail address, and local phone numbers.

Ask the contractor to share a copy of his license and copies of the licenses of the major subcontractors who will work on the job. Determine what work will be done by the contractor’s employees and what work will be done by subcontractors. Ask for an employee list to make sure the contractor really has the employees on the payroll and won’t be using casual labor hired off the street. Talk to both clients and subcontractors, who can tell you if the contractor pays them on time.  

Interview Candidates

When you have narrowed the field to 2-4 potentials, set up meetings. Choose the right contractor for the right project. Your neighbor’s amazing new deck does not require the same skills as finishing out our basement. You want to find a company that routinely does the kind of project you want to be done.

Expect a contractor might be too busy to start right away. The best folks are booked in advance BUT they should respond to a request in a day or two. If you don’t get a call in 48 hours, it may be a sign that the contractor doesn’t have enough time to take on your project. Communication goes both ways; candidates should ask plenty of questions, too.

Check References

Read online reviews, but don’t consider that enough information; reading reviews does not substitute for those phone calls. Check the disciplinary boards, Better Business Bureau and local court records for problems.

Ask to see some of the contractors’ projects. If you approve of them, request references and call contractors’ former customers to check up on them. Ask how the contractors did at executing the projects and would they rehire.

Take the extra step to call that 1-800 number to verify that their insurance policies are in effect.

Get It In Writing

When you compare bids, make sure each one includes the same materials and the same tasks. Get three bids, even if you have a favorite, so you’ll have a second (and third) opinion.

And lastly, compare the details on different bids. Make sure your contract specifies: deadlines, progress payments, the exact materials. If the builder’s contract is not detailed enough, ask to write up your own or provide addendums.  At this point in your search, you are looking for professionalism and whether you will work well together.

Your Choice In Houston

The professionals at Century Construction Services are certified, insured, professionally trained, and highly experienced. Every client relationship centers on design and construction that improves the look and the value of the property. 

Recreate Your Dream Home: Advice for a Smooth Remodel

home remodel houston, house remodel houstonYou love your neighborhood. You appreciate the schools; you know every aisle of the grocery store. Even your dog loves the park. But if your house no longer works for you, you don’t have to move! You can recreate and remodel it to match your current needs.

Important aspects of a successful remodel are:

  • A clear vision.
  • Reasonable expectations.
  • An experienced and reliable contractor.

Here are some tips to help you get your dream home:

Build Solutions, Not Walls

Moving plumbing connections and electrical outlets are expensive projects so focus on reworking your space without moving the major appliances. If you can reorganize for maximum utility, you won’t have to move walls to gain square footage.

But make the best of the situation. If your new layout requires that you move the toilet or other water lines, use the opportunity to upgrade the pipes as a long-term investment.

Plan For More Storage

As you plan for your future house, walk through the current house- what items do not have a home yet? Do the shoes trip you at the front door? Where is the vacuum stored? Is dog food easily accessible? Adequate storage makes every room feel more peaceful and beautiful by removing clutter and freeing up visual space. Plan in a mix of both 1)built-in cabinets and 2) stand-alone furniture to capture all of your clutter.

More Light With The Same Windows

Before cutting a big hole in the side of your house to install a window, consider a less invasive way of capturing light. To brighten up a windowless bath or hallway, install a “light tube” to channel sunlight from your roof through a highly reflective tube. Tubular skylights maximize the light by using special transparent domes. During dawn and dusk, when the sun’s angle is low, these devices capture sunlight more efficiently than traditional skylights and reduce the need for artificial lighting.

And another benefit? Some municipalities offer tax credits.

Donate Your Leftovers

Of course, plan to recycle the valuable scrap metal. But also try to salvage other items. Before you begin a remodeling job, invite the local Habitat for Humanity chapter to remove fixtures to resell; up to 85 percent of a house is reusable. Not only will this save space in the landfill, but you could also earn a charitable tax credit for the donation and help a good cause. Your dated fixtures might be a treasure for a mid-century modern fan on a budget!

Keep To Standard Sizes

Shop for stock windows and doors. By incorporating manufacturers’ off-the-shelf dimensions from the outset, you could save ⅓ to ½ of the cost of custom fabrication. Put the savings into upgrading the finishes.

Pack Up

Invest some time before the chaos begins. Declutter, pack up or move any items in the renovation zone. Enjoy giving or donating the things you no longer need or no longer fit your new space. Then store the rest in big plastic tubs and label everything. For a whole-home remodel, consider renting either an offsite unit or a storage pod in your driveway to keep all your belongings secure and clean during the process.

Don’t Forget The Pets

Renovation chaos stresses the four-legged family members. When doing a house remodel, consider the safety and care of your pets. How will they react to a constant flow of strangers, an open front door, or inaccessible rooms?

Consider all options. Can they go to grandma’s house? Attend doggie daycare? Stay at a neighbor’s home in the day and in your home at night? How will they react to a constant flow of strangers and open doors?

Plan For Outages

Plan ahead for times when you don’t have electricity. You might not be able to open the garage door or front gate. Keep your phones charged. When the power is off, a fully stocked fridge will keep for safe for 24 hours but only if you don’t open the door.

At times, the contractor will also have to shut the water. Communicate the schedule in order to prepare containers of water in the fridge for drinking, on the counter for cooking and have buckets of water available to flush the toilet. Even fill the bathtub for another source of clean water.

Home Improvement Project Planners

Instead of hiring separate contractors, enjoy a complete solution from Century Construction Services. Our Houston team is experienced and skilled in high-quality home remodeling and ensure an easy and swift remodeling experience.

Turn Your Renovation Dreams Into Reality

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Are you feeling like your house needs a complete makeover? You can’t entrust anyone to remodel your home because that place is the most important, but hire the certified and trained professionals at Century Construction Services in Houston to remodel your home. They will ensure that your renovation dreams are turned into reality and you will love how it looks.

Most people would much rather remodel their home because of the emotional attachment they have towards their home, in which they share a lot of things in. The big questions might be if you can really get what you are wanting with a strict budget. It’s not necessarily the things you add, but during the renovation, there may be some issues with your home that costs quite a bit of money to fix and therefore you are getting close to your budget. Not only that, your wishes may change or you may want different materials and that also can rack up the spend as well. Remodeling does not have to expensive, as the professionals at Century Construction Services in Houston will stay in the budget you allow them.

You can’t add more square footage to your home, however, you can knock down walls and make a smart layout in your home that you like better. It will also give your home a different look, but you will have the same feel for it. For example, when you take out walls, you can open-up your living room or kitchen to have more space. Maybe you have a basement that needs to be remodeled, so you have an extra bedroom down there, or maybe even your own gym that has everything you need to work-out with. Whatever it may be, the professionals at Century Construction Services in Houston will most definitely make things work to what you want and like.

If you like things that are more “go-green,” you are able to add things to your home to make that possible. Replacing old windows with energy-efficient windows, upgrading the insulation and electric wiring, installing energy-efficient appliances, and putting in an HVAC system in your home are all considered “go-green” measures. Let the certified and trained professionals at Century Construction Services in Houston help you get your home a more “go-green” place!

How Long Will A Renovation Take?

A renovation is time-consuming because it is a serious commitment to energy and time. Sometimes a remodel will take anywhere from three to six months. If you are planning on remodeling your kitchen, that is usually the longest remodel, taking three to six months. If you are only wanting a bathroom to remodel, that can require about two to three months and a room addition will only take about a month or two. Remodeling is all based on what you wanting to remodel, and the professionals at Century Construction Services in Houston know that the time period can be frustrating at times. They also understand that it can be difficult living in your home when it is getting remodeled.

Top Remodeling Trends 2018

home remodeling houston, residential remodeling houstonWhether you’re just looking to freshen a room or remodel your entire house, 2018 is a very exciting year for home design. To get that creativity flowing, start by switching out hardware in the kitchen or painting the front door, When you’re ready to start on a home remodeling project (or need help fixing one that didn’t go as planned), contact Century Construction Services in Houston for professional design and construction help. Here are a few ideas:

Come Home to Nature

Create a “cocoon” or nesting effect; use color to nurture with nature. An infusion of color—particularly blues and greens—will be seen everywhere, including walls, doors, and even window frames. In fact, Sherwin-Williams 2018 Color of the Year is a deep, majestic teal called “Oceanside.” Bring nature inside by incorporating natural fabrics and wood products into the design. Utilitarian pieces such as lamps and pots for plants are great places for natural wood. Hand-carved wood bowls offer a natural, simple yet grounding element. And plants are always an easy way to design on a budget.

Balance

The hygge” design concept is so 2016. The Danish word for “coziness” took the design and home décor world by storm two years ago and had homeowners swaddling themselves in chunky knit throws and lighting extra candles. In 2018, two international design trends will take center stage: “lagom,” the Swedish word meaning just the right amount, and “wabi-sabi,” the Japanese concept of embracing imperfection. Both ideas suggest a return to simplicity and authenticity rather than perfection: a balance of the old and new. Celebrate the beauty in the not-so-perfect. Accept the idea that your home does not have to be showroom-ready. Keep it real, be authentic.

Sustainable

Going green and living smarter will continue to be home renovation goals in 2018, particularly as Houstonians fight the summer heat in older homes. Concentrate on energy-efficient windows, doors, and siding, as well as an energy-efficient roofing system. Solar reflective asphalt roofing shingles radiate heat far more effectively than a traditional shingle; save energy by reducing the temperature up on the roof. Plan the windows to avoid direct sun.

Rustic Bathrooms

Bathrooms can feature a rustic feel instead of the sleek, modern bathroom styles favored for that last couple of years. For example, ceramic tile planks mimic wood floors for even in the wettest of bathrooms. Think a shiplap wall, old claw-foot tubs, and well-placed rustic accents.

Tankless Water Heaters

Save money and energy with the on-demand water heater. Your contractor with remove your traditional water heater and install a tankless water heater to provide an unlimited supply of hot water. Since you are heating water only when you need it, you use less energy. They even last longer, with a 12-15 year warranty as opposed to a 6 to 12-year warranty on traditional ones.

Maximize the Space Up High!

Roof decks are not just for downtown penthouses. Residential homes can expand up instead of out with traditional backyard patios. Include some deck chairs, a table, and an umbrella and you have an entertaining spot with a good view of the neighborhood. Enjoy those tall pines and magnolia trees with a dramatic view.

Smart Lighting Controls

One of the most important aspects of any redesigning or construction project is your lighting. Switch out traditional lighting for smart light controls not only to save energy but also to manipulate the mood and atmosphere.

Home Improvement Project Planners

Instead of hiring separate contractors, consider a complete solution from Century Construction Services. You will have a custom solution and get back into your home quicker. Century Construction Services is based in Magnolia and serves the greater Houston area along with San Antonio, Austin, Dallas.

Building A New Home: 6 Things To Think About

new home construction houston, home construction houstonBuilding a new home can be exciting with the anticipation of a home built specifically for you and to your taste. Whether it’s a starter home in Houston or your dream home somewhere nearby, building a new home is an investment. There will be stresses and struggles, but ultimately triumph when it’s all complete. Here are six things to consider when it comes to building a new home:

Hire the Right Contractor

Building a house is a commitment, not only for you but for your contractor as well. Building a home may take years to finalize. From the planning, approval, and building processes, you’ll want to pick a contractor that has your best interests in mind. Take your time to research contractors and ask for recommendations from friends, family and community members to find reputable contractors in your area. Ultimately, you’ll want to work with someone who is easy to get in touch with, transparent and organized.

Know Your Numbers

Building a home is expensive. Whether you’ve decided to renovate, add-on or build a custom or semi-custom home, the budget is important. You’ve been approved for a home loan and you may have saved (for years) in order to get to this point. Whatever your situation, it’s important that you know what you can afford. From building to furnishing there will come unexpected expenses that will cause strain on your wallet. Knowing and sticking to your budget can help alleviate stress during the building process.

Think resale

Even if you plan on building your dream home and never moving, you don’t know the future. There may come a time you decide to put your house on the market. If that time comes, you’ll want to get the most value out of your house. The number of rooms, upgrades, and amenities will all be factors when determining the value of your property. Be mindful of the upgrades you include in your home to make sure you don’t overprice your property for the neighborhood.

Planning

Once your home is complete you’ll have to live in it. It’s important that you’ve designed a home that will flow and function practically. You’ll want to be mindful of the placement of bedrooms, bathrooms, utility and laundry rooms, living spaces and the garage. You’ll want to think short-term and plan for the number of rooms you may need, as well as, think long term if you plan to retire with this property and how it can be used in your old age.

Energy Efficiency

Be mindful of the amount of light, windows, and the HVAC unit in your home. Selecting the right windows to help insulate your home to prevent leakage during the seasons can help reduce energy costs. Additionally, think about light, allow windows and natural light to be the primary tool to light your home during the day. Incorporating skylights may also be beneficial and reduce electrical costs. Picking the right size HVAC unit for your home is important, a unit too small may underperform and be inefficient at fully heat or cool your home throughout the year, and a unit too big may use too much energy.

Communicate

Building a home is stressful. Even if you have had conversations about finishing, tile, or paint colors, don’t assume everything is complete. Mistakes happen when information is miscommunicated. Be patient and be willing to explain, illustrate and reaffirm your expectations. Having a clear and open dialog with our contractor will help prevent unnecessary mistakes and save everyone time and money.

If you’re planning on building a new home, the professionals of Century Construction will be able to work with you from start to finish. With unparalleled customer service and planning, we’ll meet your needs to build the home of your dreams.